Winning the prize for the cutest name, Dot's Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard, the craft beer bar and beer garden opening in Deep Ellum, has appointed a chef: Nick Wells.
Dot's is the coming-soon concept from a quartet of guys who've carved out a reputation for craft beer excellence in Denton at spots such as Lucky Lou's, EastSide Denton, and the highly respected craft beer emporium Oak Street Draft House.
Owners Lou Delaney, Jeff Brightwell, and brothers John and Paul Williams are University of North Texas guys who'd been thinking about doing a project in Dallas, when the timing and location for Dot's magically came together.
Chef Wells has appropriate experience, having most recently worked as chef at the Common Table. Prior to that he was executive sous chef at Savor, the restaurant at Klyde Warren Park.
Dot's managing partner Jeff Brightwell says that they found Wells via chef Rodman Shields.
"Our friend, Rodman, who is executive chef at the Common Table, consulted on our menu and while doing so introduced us to Nick," Brightwell says. "We got to know him and, after tasting his food, swapping tattoo stories, and slugging some Bushmills, it felt like the perfect fit."
They're describing the food as American fare "with a Texas flair."
Wells says he and the Dot's team clicked. "I like how they want to support the local Deep Ellum community and Dallas as a whole," he says.
Dot's will take over the former Dallas Comedy House spot and will specialize in craft beer, good food, and, best of all, a 10,000-square-foot beer garden that's accessible from both Main and Commerce streets, in a prime location across from the Bomb Factory. There'll be a full bar with up to 99 beers on tap, including a strong focus on Texas brews.
The kitchen will be open daily at lunch and dinner, with a special late-night menu beginning at 11 pm and lasting until 1 am. They'll also eventually add weekend brunch.
Opening date is tentatively slated for September.